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Tazorac Pose Risk to Pregnancy?
I have been using Dovonex and Ultravate together for the last few
months. I am almost out and
have a prescription for Tazoracâ. I haven’t used this prescription, yet, because the other
two were working for me. Now,
however, they don’t seem to be.
am curious about Tazoracâ
and have been searching the Internet for a couple of days trying to find
information in it. I think I
may be pregnant and I don’t want to start taking it if it’s going to
read in one site that you must not get pregnant or be pregnant if using
it. Well, although if I’m
not pregnant I don’t plan on trying to become that way, I am married and
sometimes you can’t stop it.
would hate to be taking something that could cause my unborn child harm
just so I can wear shorts again.
you know anything about this, I would appreciate a response.
I have only been fighting this for a couple of years, but it’s
been a very long and frustrating couple of years. Thanks
for your time and for FlakeHQ. -Jennifer
Response: According to the
National Psoriasis Foundation’s educational booklet titled Topical
Retinoid Therapy, Tazoracâ
should be avoided if your are planning to get pregnant or are pregnant.
Here’s their wording:
If you become pregnant while on Tazoracâ, you are advised to quit applying the
medication and see your physician immediately.
Although in clinical trials Tazoracâ
did not cause any birth defects in the children of women who got pregnant
while using it, retinoids are known to cause birth defects when given by
presently has no oral form.
enough, Jennifer, Dovonex sports a caution against use by pregnant women,
too. (My source is NPF’s
educational booklet titled Topical Vitamin D3.)
educational booklets referenced are available online to NPF Members at http://www.psoriasis.org.)
may want to ask your derm about the new (to flakers) topical ointment Protopicâ. It is not a vitamin derivative or a corticosteroid but
reports of good results for plaque P sufferers are piling in. I just started trying it myself.
I haven’t heard if Protopicâ
poses any danger to pregnancy, but it may be worth a call.
us know how you fare. If/when
you do get pregnant, let us know if your flaking changes. A significant percentage of women clear during pregnancy and
a multi-year study has just been launched in California to explore the
possible hormonal relationship between pregnancy and plaque clearing.
luck to you. -Ed